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Sukkot: Repentance Again?

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I sit in my study late at night after breaking the fast of Yom Kippur. As I do every year, I feel euphoric. The day was so intense, we invested so much effort, and the Divine dividends that will be paid out over the year will surely be generous. We have been in repentance mode for forty days now and it is time to celebrate our successful effort.

Today we watched, through the portal of our imaginations, as the high priest strode into the Holy of Holies and offered incense. A cloud of steam filled the room and enveloped him. It was a time of awe and trembling as we chanted and prostrated in a state of deep contemplation. On Sukkot we will experience this cloud with palpable joy. It will be manifest in the sechach—the foliage canopy of the Sukah that will envelop us as we sit in the Sukah.

Sukkot will be our festival of joy. On Sukkot, we will celebrate the triumphant success of Yom Kippur. The forty days of repentance has paid off. Our slate has been wiped clean. We are now as innocent as newborns. Everything has been forgiven.

Let’s journey back to the Temple through the portal of our imaginations. This time we are there for Sukkot and are watching thousands of people stream up the Temple Mount and into the glorious Temple campus. The place is lit up. There is excitement in the air. There will be a celebration tonight and every other night of Sukkot.

The esteemed rabbis and leaders will dance and rejoice. The jugglers will perform. The........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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